Women’s Heart HealthPosted February 2, 2016 by Moragh Lippert
February is heart health month. How is your heart?
According the the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, Cardiovascular disease (heart attack and stroke) is the leading cause of death in Canadian women.
About 22,000 Canadian women died of a heart disease in 2011. Compare that to 5,000 women who died of breast cancer, according to Statistics Canada in the most recent figures available. —Vancouver Sun
Some of the risk factors of developing cardiovascular disease, according to Go Red For Women include (but are not limited to):
- Lack of exercise – sitting is the new smoking! Lack of regular physical activity can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, blood clots and more. Just get up and move, everyday. You don’t have to be a gym rat, it can be a walk in nature, yoga class, chasing your kids around, walking to work.
- Diabetes – people with diabetes are twice as likely to experience a heart incident. Eat whole foods and avoid sugar. For extra help see coupon below.
- Smoking – smoking increases the heart disease risk and stroke by 2 to 4 times. In addition, women who smoke have a 25 % higher risk of developing heart disease as compared to smoking men.
- Obesity – it is no secret that excess weight and the complications of obesity can shorten your life and cause.
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